When should I order my wedding invitations?

Wedding invitations should be sent to guests between 8 – 12 weeks before your wedding date.

How long does it take for my wedding invitations to be designed?

Ready-to-order wedding invitation collection

You need to allow around 3 weeks for wedding invitations from the Be My Guest wedding collection. This time encompasses the design process, any revisions, and printing. Place your order 4-6 months prior to your wedding.

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Bespoke custom designed wedding invitations

The custom invitation design process can take up to 6 weeks from our initial consultation. I can give you an accurate timeframe once we’ve discussed your individual requirements.  This time encompasses the design and illustration process, any revisions, and printing.

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Wedding Invitation Timeline

Milestone Time Notes
From initial order to you receiving first electronic draft 2-5 days
From sending your revisions to receiving a new draft 2 days + the time it takes for you to send back revisions Each round of revisions will add extra time to your invitations
From receiving guest list to sending a draft invite with names included 3 days
Printing/Production From 5 to 10 days Most invitations take 5 days – pocketfold invitations take a bit longer
Courier Delivery 2-3 days within NZ More information on shipping here

All days are working days – i.e. Monday – Friday, and exclude public holidays.


How can I speed up the invitation design process?

The revision rounds can take the longest amount of time as often couples need to go away and confirm details (like ceremony times) or want their parents to check the invitation.  To ensure speedy delivery of your invitations, have as much as possible confirmed when you order.

Peak times and delays during holidays

The busiest months for wedding invitation orders are October – December, and January – March are the busiest months for wedding stationery orders.

Printers close during public holidays, and for Christmas from around 20 December to 14 January each year.  Printing and courier delivery is delayed during this time.

I need my wedding invitations urgently!

No panic – I can probably help.  Get in touch with your turnaround timeframe. Additional costs may be incurred when requesting an urgent service (i.e. courier delivery of your raw materials).

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